Antique Mulberry transferware plate by Podmore Walker & Company circa 1856 or earlier. The plate almost looks like a flow black transferware but it is a deep dark purple eggplant color or what they would call Mulberry color. The back of the plate has the hallmark PW with a bird and the pattern Corean. The pattern is an Asiatic scene with the background having a temple and a boat in the water. The foreground has a willow tree with an urn and flowers. The plate has a beautiful pattern of scroll work. The flow of the deep purple color gives it a blurred look due to the degree of color throughout the plate.
It does have a small chip on the lip as shown in photo 4 and a couple of chips on the base of the plate. There is also a small hairline crack on the underneath as shown in photo 8. It is still a beautiful plate and perfect to use in a display.
Thomas Podmore and Company began in 1830 and was joined by Thomas Walker in 1835. The company used the P W and Company stamp until 1856. In 1857 Enoch Wedgwood who had been a partner with Podmore in the beginning assumed a larger role in the business and the backstamp became P W W. Also the name Wedgwood would also appear.
This plate has the stamp P W & Co. dating the plate pre 1856.
Dimensions: 10.25 inches
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